Tonia Bello has been involved in Public Safety for all of her adult life. She is very passionate about life and helping others. She has a well rounded and diverse career history in both the public and private sector. Tonia spent over 10 years working in law enforcement before going to work for a private air ambulance company. In 1996, she developed, designed, and managed a state of the science communications department for one of the largest and busiest air ambulance companies in the western United States. In addition to her full time career, Tonia became a volunteer Firefighter/EMT in 1989. She completed the Firefighter Academy in 1992, and is currently a Firefighter/EMT for the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District. She has responded to countless emergencies and provided life saving care to sick and injured parties. In very recent history, Tonia responded on the first night of the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County and spent several days performing rescues, fighting fire, and providing care to the community. Tonia assists in training EMTs at the Santa Rosa Junior College Training Center, teaches CPR and AED classes to Firefighters, EMTs and the public, and is a BLS Healthcare Provider Instructor through the American Heart Association and the American Safety & Health Institute.
Tonia is a wife and mother of 2 teenage children, which makes her a coach, cheerleader and natural teacher. She has volunteered hundreds of hours to the community assisting with Little League, 4-H, Swim Teams and schools. Tonia is SCUBA certified, speaks Dutch fluently, enjoys distance running, fishing, skiing, and has led several groups to Yosemite, climbing Half Dome 13 times.
Emergency Medical Technician
BLS Healthcare Provider Instructor – American Heart Association
BLS & Emergency Medical Response Level 7 Instructor – American Safety & Health Institute
National Healthcare Disaster Certification – ANCC (Pre-requisites completed)
CAM – Cardiac Arrest Management, Coastal Valleys EMS
FEMA – ICS 100b, 200b, 700a, 800b
HAZMAT – First Responder Operational, California Specialized Training Institute
Crime Prevention Academy – Criminal Justice Training Center, Sacramento
Advanced Crime Prevention, Environmental Design – No. California Criminal Justice
National Communicator of The Year, National Assoc. of Air Medical Communications Specialist
Lifetime Service Honor, McDowell Drug Task Force
Dedication and Honor Award, Petaluma Police Department